Our Least Likely Sports Icon Joe Ingles Smashed An NBA Playoff For The Ages

Lord knows what we as a country did to deserve Joe Ingles, but thank fuck we did it.

The rag-tag, knockabout, rough-and-tumble shooting forward for the Utah Jazz had a banner day today in Game 2 of Utah’s second round NBA Playoff matchup against the Houston Rockets.

Ingles sunk a team-high 27 points, shooting absolutely lights-out from beyond 3, to help a doggedly defensive Jazz outfit rally past the highly-fancied Rockets 116-108, levelling the playoff series at 1-1 and scoring an all-important road win in the process.

The boy from Happy Valley was on bloody fire all game long, drilling 7 of 9 from 3-point land, sinking long-range shots harder than an ice-cold Farmer’s Union on a scorching South Australian day.

That’s not only a career postseason high for Joe on an individual level, that’s a Jazz franchise record for most threes made in a postseason game ever.


Ingles also put his practically trademark level of lip on full display, at one point inviting James Harden into the Utah huddle. Why? Because he’s Joe Fucking Ingles.

Twitter, who have already gotten squarely around the absolute lad this playoff series, was again awash with theories about how Ingles looks less like a professional basketball player, and more like a guy rewinding tapes at a Blockbuster in 1999.







‘Course Jingles wasn’t the only Australian Jazzman making noise tonight. Young Dante Exum put the exclamation mark on Utah’s win with a monstrous fourth quarter dunk that sucked what little air was left completely out of the Toyota Centre.

Prior to the series, numerous experts predicted a textbook, wholesale sweep for the Rockets, with few predicting the Jazz could take even a single game off the talented Houston side.

Now, the Texas lads are putting their brooms away in just Game 2. Because they got straight-up Jingled.

Joe Ingles from Adelaide, South Australia, ladies and gentlemen.